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Vacation Pics Part II: Chimney Rock State Park

Friday, September 06, 2013

On my drive home, I stopped at Chimney Rock State Park, planning to hike for an hour, take the elevator to Chimney Rock, then hike up to Exclamation Point.


Of course, I then found that the elevators were broken...but I stuck to my plan! The starting elevation - according to the Chimney Rock Park website - was 1,965...and the highest elevation I reaches was 2,480 ft. So I managed to climb 515 ft!




Hiking along the creek/river and bridges:










And all of the STAIRS!! I looked it up, and there are 491 stairs leading up to Chimney Rock...and then, of course, even more to get to Exclamation Point. On the way back down, there was a woman with her daughter - and they were counting the stairs. About halfway down, they were at 200. So I'd guess I climbed up 900 stairs...and then, of course, walked back down them!










And here is the view hiking to Chimney Rock....from several different elevations! Trust me, it was worth the stairs!






















And then, of course, I kept going from there!






















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PERSISTANT123 9/8/2013 8:55PM

    Beautiful!

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ROCKYCPA 9/7/2013 9:41AM

    Wow an impressive hike - and all those steps!

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MTRACHEL 9/6/2013 11:43PM

    491 stairs? Impressive!

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MLH148 9/6/2013 9:18PM

    Awesome! A new bucket list item for me. ( we have a Chimney Rocks here in PA but it's onlymabout a 10 minute hike)

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EASTENDCLAM 9/6/2013 6:50PM

    Spectacular! Living on a big ol' sandbar stuff like that is unimaginable.

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BUTTERFLY-1976 9/6/2013 2:30PM

    Beautiful pictures!! Well worth the climb!!

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RODGRODMEDFLOD 9/6/2013 11:34AM

    What a gneiss spot emoticon

Gorgeous photos, thanks for sharing! The stairs remind me of Mons Klint in Denmark, they just keep going on and on.

Great adventure emoticon

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DR1939 9/6/2013 11:33AM

    Absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for the pictures.

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TOSHARRI 9/6/2013 11:30AM

    GREAT PHOTOS! My family and I went to CR this year on our way home from Florida for Spring Break - bummer the elevator was broken but YAY for you to get those steps in! I wanted to go to exclamation point but no one else was brave enough to go - unfortunately the trails were closed due to heavy spring rains when we were there...its a BEAUTIFUL PLACE!!! emoticon

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ALIHIKES 9/6/2013 11:15AM

    Thanks for sharing the photos from this great hike! Wow that's a lot of stairs!

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ERINLINDSAY83 9/6/2013 11:15AM

    This is GORGEOUS! Definitely putting it on my list of places to hike! (We've done a few trails with stairs like that....holy sore buns for days!!!!)

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PKCTTS 9/6/2013 11:13AM

    Beautiful place - and BONUS, great workout!

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